New York events in October

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Lykke Li, CMJ Music Marathon and the annual Village Halloween Parade

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Let’s be honest: There are lots of cool things to do in October—we love Open House New York and the CMJ Music Marathon—but we’re just getting ready for Halloween festivities at the end of the month. Use our events calendar to find the best Halloween NYC events, along with our favorite theater and music events.

Our October highlights

Judas Priest + Steel Panther

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Izod Center Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Rte 120
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Fri Oct 17
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Drunken Shakespeare

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Bar Nine 807 Ninth Ave, between 53rd and 54th Sts, 10019
  2. Sun Aug 3 - Sun Jan 18
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Smorgasburg

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  • Free
  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sun Nov 23
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Halloween Celebration at AMNH

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Billy Joel

  • Price band: 3/4
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Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t you, eh, Piano Man? (P.S. Welcome back.)

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Thu Dec 18
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“Interference: Coexistence”

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  • Free

Humanity hasn’t yet developed the technology to create the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the Center for the Holographic Arts is doing its best to keep the dream alive at this LIC art space. “Interference: Coexistence” shows off holographic art by 25 of the world’s best 3-D artists, with selected pieces from the heady, future-obsessed decades of the ’70s and ’80s. The Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Ave at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens.

  1. Queens
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 18
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L.E.S. Pickle Day

  • Free

An area rich in history with more unique traditions than can be documented, the Lower East Side smiles back on the past today. In the heart of the old Pickle District, this Orchard Street fair features samples of the green delicacy from India to Haiti, from Malaysia to Brooklyn, and of course, those good old fashion kosher dills from the LES. Plus, in keeping with the spirit of Halloween, kids will get their faces painted and compete in a costume contest.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sun Oct 19
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Halloween Howl

  • Free

Dress your best furry friend up for Halloween! At the Halloween Howl, dogs will love tasty selections from the Freshpet truch (the only Manhattan food truck made especially for canines). Also expect to dance around to doggy-themed tunes plus give your four-legged fellow a chance to show off his costume! All ages.

  1. Carl Schurz Park E 86th St, at East End Ave
  2. Sun Oct 19
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Halloween Murder Mystery

  • Price band: 2/4

Sharpen your sleuthing skills while soaking up an authentic haunted-house vibe at this interactive event in one of the city's oldest buildings. According to a New York Tribune article in the Mount Vernon Hotel's archives, an unidentified skeleton was discovered under the floorboards of the 1799 carriage house, which was converted into a country retreat in the early 19th century. Who was it and whodunit? Wander through candlelit period rooms searching for clues to piece together a fictional mystery inspired by the chilling report.

  1. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden 421 E 61st St, between First and York Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Foster the People

  • Price band: 3/4
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Foster the People—the catchy L.A. indie-pop crew who brought us 2011's favorite summer earworm, "Pumped Up Kicks"—returns behind its sophomore effort, Supermodel.

  1. United Palace Theatre 4140 Broadway, at 175th St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Halloween Harvest Festival

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  • Free

Fashion your own costume to resemble Fido’s at this daylong holiday primer. Four-legged family members can compete in the Canine Costume Contest while their two-legged counterparts create their own getups on-site with the help of resident artists.

  1. Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, at Broadway
  2. Sat Oct 25
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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

  • Price band: 2/4
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It was rather late in life that Henri Matisse (1869–1954) began to create one of his most extraordinary bodies of work. Starting in the 1940s, he cut out shapes in colored paper, arranging them into compositions that sometimes seemed to push into pure abstraction. Even when they didn't, the forms he employed—nude figures, floral motifs—appeared to float in space, and it is this sense of buoyancy that makes these paintings among the most compelling in his oeuvre. MoMA's survey is the first to focus on this aspect of his career since 1961, and if anything, the works have only gained in power in the intervening years.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Wed Dec 31
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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions such as a pumpkin-carving demo with Ray Villafane (Oct 19, 20).

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Fri Oct 31
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NoMad Upstairs

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Two weeks ago, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm—the young guns behind Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad—launched this classy jazz series evoking old-school New York. Sink into leather couches and listen to live bands, such as Grammy nominee Stacie Orrico, through Feb13. Butter-dipped radishes and chicken-liver mousse, along with other fine-dining snacks, are available on the bar menu, along with serious cocktails and wine.

  1. The NoMad Hotel 1170 Broadway, at 28th St, 10001
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Fri Dec 19
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